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  • Body recovered in Johnson Co. flood debris identified as man who tried to save others

    By BILL ESTEP

    Lexington Herald-Leader

    The fourth drowning victim found after recent flooding in Johnson County reportedly helped several family members to safety before being swept away while trying to rescue his grandmother.

    Searchers found the body of Scott Johnson, who went by Scott Free, on Friday night, according to authorities and a family member.

  • Crafton wins UNOH 225 after crash halts race short of the scheduled distance for trucks

    By KEVIN KELLY

    Kentucky Speedway

    Matt Crafton earned his first career Camping World Truck Series victory on Thursday at Kentucky Speedway after NASCAR stopped the UNOH 225 five laps from the scheduled finish. 

    The trucks driven by Ben Kennedy, David Gilliland and John Wes Townley were involved in a wreck that resulted in damage to the catch fence in Turn 1. Kennedy’s truck lifted off the ground, slid along the top of the SAFER barrier while hitting the fence.

  • Keselowski returns to Victory Lane with a win in the XFINITY race

    By KEVIN KELLY

    Kentucky Speedway

    Brad Keselowski sensed an opportunity approaching and pounced when it materialized as he thought it would Friday night.

    A lapped car slowed Erik Jones long enough that it allowed Keselowski to pass the 19-year-old phenom for the lead in the NASCAR XFINITY Series race and earn yet another victory at Kentucky Speedway.

  • 10-year-old dies in I-71 crash in Henry County on July 1

    By CHRIS BROOKE

    Landmark News Service

    A July 1 crash on Interstate 71 involving multiple vehicles at the 36-mile marker southbound claimed the life of a 10-year-old girl from Houghton, La., according to the Kentucky State Police.

    State police identified Bailey Spreights as the victim of the 1 p.m. accident that involved three commercial vehicles and three passenger cars, according to Trooper Josh Lawson, Post 5 spokesman. Earlier reports had said nine vehicles were involved.

  • Kelly repeats as Governor’s Cup champion at Regatta

    By DAVE TAYLOR

    Landmark News Service

    J. Michael Kelly in the Graham Trucking U-5 won the Indiana Governor’s Cup H1 Unlimited Hydroplane race Sunday, taking home the historic Governor’s Cup trophy for the second consecutive year.

    Kelly pulled away from second-place finisher Jimmy Shane in the U-1 Oberto/Miss Madison on the first lap of the winner-take-all championship heat. 

  • Casey County clerk wants state to issue marriage licenses online

    By JACK BRAMMER

    Lexington Herald-Leader

    FRANKFORT — The controversy over the refusal of a few county clerks in Kentucky to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples spilled over into the Capitol on Monday.

    Casey County Clerk Casey Davis, who was trying to get a meeting with Gov. Steve Beshear, told reporters that his pledge to God to uphold the law would not allow him to accommodate same-sex couples.

  • Carrollton business ‘fuels’ Grand Prix winner

    By DAVE TAYLOR

    Landmark News Service

    Longtime hydroplane racing veteran Jerry Hopp carried the name of a Carrollton restaurant to victory in the championship heat of the Grand Prix West race Saturday at the Madison Regatta.

  • Owen Co. brothers to participate in world’s largest rodeo

    By MOLLY HAINES

    Landmark News Service

    When asked what makes the rodeo special to 16-year-old Wyatt Cole, his response comes quickly.

    “It’s a way of life,” Wyatt says. “It’s the western heritage of it.”

    Wyatt, along with his 17-year-old brother Quinn, will participate in the National High School Finals Rodeo, which will be held July 12-18 in Rock Springs, Wyoming.

    Quinn and Wyatt, the sons of Greg and Isabella Cole of Owen County, will compete in the team roping competition.

  • Beshear: No need to call a special session on same- sex marriage issues

    By LINDA B. BLACKFORD
    and JACK BRAMMER

    Lexington Herald-Leader

    Gov. Steve Beshear said Tuesday night “it’s time for everyone to take a deep breath,” and that he will not be calling a special legislative session on same-sex marriage issues.

    Beshear’s comments came a few hours after House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, said he favors a special session to address the concerns of some county clerks who are refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

  • Ky. bill protects religions from performing gay marriages

    By JAMES PILCHER

    The Kentucky Enquirer

    A Northern Kentucky state legislator has filed a bill that would prevent the commonwealth from forcing religious figures or organizations from performing same sex marriages, and would protect such organizations and individuals from being sued if they refuse to perform such ceremonies.